Windows 10: HDD Partition issues Solved

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  1.    19 Feb 2016 #1

    HDD Partition issues

    Hi all, I just got this laptop and I don't know what to make of the partition structure. It seems like a lot of wasted space. Here is a picture using Macrium:
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    What do you all think?

    Thanks, Jim
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  2.    19 Feb 2016 #2

    Looks like it's had OS upgraded a time or two. Just got it - is it second hand? That can be cleaned up, depending.
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  3.    19 Feb 2016 #3

    Thanks Word Man. Yes, I think it was originally Win 7 and when I got it it was Win 8, and I upgraded it to Win 10 yesterday.
    I can make an image of C:\ and then re-partition it, but I don't know how to re-install the image. Is that the approach you would take? I'm open to other solutions. Regards, Jim
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  4.    19 Feb 2016 #4

    First, create a usb recovery drive from control panel, recovery, create recovery drive, and select to copy recovery partition,

    If you are happy to reinstall programs, best option is to reinstall Windows 10 from scratch really, deleting all partitions.

    However, should be easy enough to tidy up this. Last partition is an oem recovery partition, so you could just delete all 4 partitions after the c drive from disk management and expand the C drive.

    Slightly trickier tidying up before the C drive and not really worth the effort as space used is quite low.
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  5.    19 Feb 2016 #5

    Thanks cereberus, OK, I've created a USB recovery disk and I am willing to re-install Win 10 from an ISO, but what do I do to clean up the partitions. I used to know how to do it in DOS, but I'm sure there are better ways now. Regards, Jim
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       19 Feb 2016 #6

    Assuming you've already had the backup image of your current Windows 10 OS then it is safe to reconfigure your Windows 10 partition scheme using strictly with Macrium.

    1. OPTION 1:
      Wipe out the whole disk and do a fresh install to get the first 3 partitions ie. 450MB Recovery, 100 EFI System, 16MB MSR then use Macrium boot disk to replace the fresh install C-Drive with the C-Drive from your Backup.
      OPTION 2:
      To save time re-installing fresh Windows 10 from option 1, you can download the template of the first 3 partitions from here:
      Boot from Macrium Rescue disk (USB/DVD), select the template then restore to current Windows drive with the template. Again, within Macrium, select your backup image, copy your C-drive from the backup image.
    2. From Macrium, click on "Fix Windows boot problem" then reboot your PC

    Once done. You should have a partition scheme as follows, same as fresh install:
    450MB Recovery
    100MB EFI System
    16MB MSR
    C: Drive

    IMPORTANT: The procedure must be done using Macrium Boot Disk since you cannot perform the steps while Windows is running.

    To copy C drive from backup: Click on 1 to enable 2, click on 2 to delete C partition from destination if existed. Click on 3 then drag and drop to destination. Click Next->Finish.
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  7.    19 Feb 2016 #7

    What I would do is delete the undesired obsolete partitions using MiniTool Partition Wizard free and expand the existing partition into the resulting free space.

    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
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       19 Feb 2016 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    What I would do is delete the undesired obsolete partitions using MiniTool Partition Wizard free and expand the existing partition into the resulting free space.

    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
    Your method will work if OP just want to delete the obsolete partitions. However, The partition scheme will not be standard. In addition:
    1. You will need to use reagentc to fix the Recovery.
    2. Why install Mini Tool when he's already have Macrium installed and can be done in couple of steps
    3. Mini Tool will not allow to resize the 128MB MSR partition back to 16MB MSR as standard with Windows 10 installation.
    4. With a non standard partition scheme, there's no garantee that it will work for future update/upgrade as seen in so many threads with Windows OEM

    With that said. It is up to OP to decide which way he wants to clean up. We only provide the options.
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  9.    23 Feb 2016 #9

    teresawang said: View Post
    hey okrobie
    I just wondering whether or not your hdd problems have been solved. I delete useless part regularly to avoid such thing happend. As far as I am concerned, since you've upgrade to W10 now, why not delete the recovery files of W7 and W8 (if you want to back to W8, keep the recovery file of W8). As for other partitions, you can just keep one (C drive) for OS, and one or two for storing data file, then it will be much clear for you. I used AOMEI Backupper for months, and it works well. I can easily handle it with its neat interface, I promise you would like it, too.
    That promise would be broken if OP deleted their second partition and found that the OS will no longer boot.
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  10.    23 Feb 2016 #10

    Hi everybody, thanks for your interest and support. Well, I wound up using MiniTool and Macrium, but I destroyed my bootability with MiniTool, even though I bought the Pro version. It doesn't really merge partitions unless they are literally side by side. I wound up creating a bootable Win 10 ISO with Rufus and after I manually configured the partitions like topgundcp suggested with Minitool, but I didn't do it right. I didn't use Macrium to it's full potential because I didn't like my backup. Just call me kluge. After I bought MiniTool Pro, I discovered that it's contained for free in WinPE.ISO. Oh well!!!
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